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New York Giants offseason plan: Filling holes on the defense

New York Giants offseason plan: Filling holes on the defense

Patrick Graham (left) and Joe Judge | Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Let’s see how the Giants can upgrade a defense that may have overachieved in 2020 On Saturday I unveiled my offseason plan for upgrading the New York Giants offense. The defense doesn’t need as much attention, but major decisions need to be made and pieces still need to be added. Here’s how I would approach the offseason. Defensive line Under contract: Dexter Lawrence, B.J. Hill, RJ McIntosh, Niko Lalos, Breeland SpeaksUFA: Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson, Austin Johnson What to do about...
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2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

Photo by Matt Stamey/Collegiate Images/ Could Stokes solidify the Giants’ second cornerback spot? 2020 saw the New York Giants secondary take a big step forward over previous years. That improved secondary lead to more effective blitz packages and more time for defensive linemen to rush the passer. But as much improvement as the secondary showed, it still had flaws that offenses could exploit. Perhaps the biggest flaw was the lack of a versatile and reliable number two cornerback. The Giants rotated players at that position throughout the season, but were limited in...
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Ed’s mock draft, 4.0: It’s ‘hog mollie’ time for Giants

Ed’s mock draft, 4.0: It’s ‘hog mollie’ time for Giants

Rashawn Slater blocking Chase Young in 2019. | Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports Ed goes big at No. 11, and collects some of his favorite players in the 2021 draft class I didn’t really intend for this to happen, but this week’s four-round New York Giants mock draft turned into ‘Ed drafts a bunch of his favorite guys.’ Here’s how it went down, using the simulator from The Draft Network. Round 1 (No. 11) — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern As you should know by now if you have followed these weekly mocks for the last couple of draft seasons, what I’m trying...
Mar 6, 2021
Mock draft tracker: Jaylen Waddle running away with top spot for Giants

Mock draft tracker: Jaylen Waddle running away with top spot for Giants

Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports Waddle the choice at No. 11 for New York in nearly 30 percent of mock drafts tracked this week Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle widened his lead this week as the player most often selected at No. 11 for the New York Giants in mock drafts. This week, the electrifying Waddle was the choice in 21 of 72 mock drafts (29.2 percent). A week ago, Waddle was the choice in 26.2 percent of the mock drafts we tracked. Mark Schofield took to the film on Friday to show us why Waddle in drawing so much love in the scouting community. Here is...
Mar 6, 2021
New York Giants offseason plan: Addressing the numerous needs on offense

New York Giants offseason plan: Addressing the numerous needs on offense

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Laying out a plan for upgrading the Giants’ offense in 2021 NFL free agency doesn’t officially begin for a few more days, though with veterans being shed by teams as cost-cutting measures the market is actually already open. The 2021 NFL Draft is only a few weeks away. With those things in mind, it’s about time I laid out a comprehensive offseason plan for the New York Giants. This will be in two parts, with Part 1 focused on a position-by-position look at a plan for beefing up the league’s 31st-ranked offense. Quarterback Under...
Mar 6, 2021
2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Is Phillips the best EDGE in this draft class? How should teams evaluate an injury risk? At what point does talent and potential outweigh the risk that the player won’t be on the field? That’s the question NFL teams have to answer when it comes to EDGE Jaelan Phillips out of Miami. Phillips originally enrolled at UCLA as the consensus top prospect in the nation. But he was forced to medically retire from football in his sophomore year after a slew of injuries his first two seasons. After...
Mar 6, 2021
Big Blue View mailbag: Draft, free agency, Jason Garrett, Daniel Jones, more

Big Blue View mailbag: Draft, free agency, Jason Garrett, Daniel Jones, more

The mail’s here! The Big Blue View Mailbag features an interesting mix of New York Giants questions this week. It touches on the draft, free agency, the future of Daniel Jones and more. Let’s open the mail and get started. Chris Fiegler asks: Do you think that the New York Giants should select Christian Barmore, defensive tackle from Alabam, either with the 11th pick or in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft? Ed says: Chris, under no circumstances do I think the Giants — or any team, for that matter — should take Barmore at No. 11 or within a few picks of that range....
Mar 6, 2021
Giants news, 3/6: Rashawn Slater, more NFL Draft talk

Giants news, 3/6: Rashawn Slater, more NFL Draft talk

Photo by Abbie Parr/ New York Giants headlines for Saturday Good morning, New York Giants fans! Daring moves for all 32 NFL teams in the 2021 offseason | ESPN New York Giants: Draft OT Rashawn Slater with the No. 11 pick The Giants expected to solve their long-term left tackle problem with their 2020 selection of Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 pick. But even allowing for some early struggles after veteran Nate Solder's opt-out forced him into the Week 1 starting lineup, Thomas underwhelmed in his rookie season. His 5.8% blown block rate was the highest among tackles with...
Mar 5, 2021
Giants free agent spending: How well have they spent their money?

Giants free agent spending: How well have they spent their money?

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap has released a study on how NFL teams allocate their money through free agency relative to the number of wins they earn. The study looks at the free-agent periods and games won between 2017-2020. It’s important to note that the Giants did change their general manager, and coaches, after the 2017 season, so a different direction was set. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at these dismal graphs. (Overthecap.com graph) Teams like the Bills and Bears spent more money relative to the rest of...
Mar 5, 2021
2021 NFL Draft film breakdown: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

2021 NFL Draft film breakdown: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports Looking at the Alabama wide receiver Recently a discussion was had among Big Blue View writers regarding wide receiver options at the 11th spot in the upcoming draft. Fun was had by all. In the process, I made the case for Alabama wide out Jaylen Waddle as perhaps the explosive, vertical presence that could contribute in a huge way for the New York Giants next season. Allow me to elaborate. A number of things stand out watching Waddle on film. His burst as an athlete, the pace to his routes, and his ability to sell defenders on breaks and...
Mar 5, 2021
2021 NFL Draft: Five schools to watch as the Pro Day circuit starts up

2021 NFL Draft: Five schools to watch as the Pro Day circuit starts up

Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire via This year’s Pro Days will be the most important in recent memory With the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine canceled out of an abundance of caution with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Pro Day circuit — which starts today, March 5, has taken on new importance. In a normal year, Pro Days have an interesting place in the process. For the most part, teams draft boards are set before Pro Days end, and they’re mostly a last chance to double-check any flags the team might have or for a prospect to get a second chance at any...
Mar 5, 2021
2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State

2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Can Myers have the same success in the NFL as he had in college? A good center is hard to find. While much of the attention along the offensive line is paid to the left tackle position — and increasingly the right tackle position — the center position might be the hardest to play. Centers not only need to be very smart football players, able to identify rush packages and communicate protections with their linemates, but they need to walk a very fine line as athletes. Centers need to be big and strong enough to stand up to powerful...
Mar 5, 2021
Prospect of the week: Micah Parsons the LB Giants fans have been waiting for?

Prospect of the week: Micah Parsons the LB Giants fans have been waiting for?

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ Carl Banks, way back in 1984, was the last linebacker selected in Round 1 by the Giants. Could Parsons be next? This is the time of year when New York Giants fans spend a lot of time — probably too much time — obsessing over the year 1984. The significance of 1984? Giants fans, you know this one. It is, of course, the last time the Giants, once known for their mighty linebacking corps, selected a linebacker in the first round of the NFL draft. That linebacker, of course, was the great Carl Banks, who helped the Giants win a pair of Super Bowl...
Mar 5, 2021
McShay mock draft: Jaylen Waddle lands with Giants

McShay mock draft: Jaylen Waddle lands with Giants

Jaylen Waddle makes a spectacular touchdown reception. | Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Of course the ESPN draft guru chose Waddle for the Giants — it seems like everyone else is, too Todd McShay solved the New York Giants’ need for a play-making wide receiver by selecting Jaylen Waddle of Alabama for them at No. 11 in his newly-released mock draft. [ESPN+] McShay wrote: The Giants have to give this offense more to work with. They were one of four teams to average fewer than five yards per play last season, and their 5.9 yards per pass attempt ranked No. 29. However,...
Mar 5, 2021
Giants news, 3/5: Free agency chatter is at full volume

Giants news, 3/5: Free agency chatter is at full volume

Photo by Abbie Parr/ New York Giants headlines for Friday Good morning, New York Giants fans! Michael Bidwill expects "seismic shift in talent" across league this offseason - ProFootballTalk Bidwill noted the position some teams are in with a shrinking salary cap and joined others who are predicting a lot more big names hitting the market as teams release them to maximize their cap room for 2021. He added that he believes that will lead to a change in where talent is centered around the league. “I think there’s going to be a seismic shift in talent across the...